Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health! It can greatly reduce your risk of developing a tobacco related illness and add years to your life.  If you are ready to quit and looking for help, Southwestern Public Health offers information about how to access quit smoking supports near you. 

Southwestern Public Health

We offer free resources to help you quit smoking in Oxford, Elgin and St. Thomas.

Elgin St. Thomas 
Quit smoking workshops are offered at Southwestern Public Health’s St. Thomas location. Eligible participants will receive 5 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (e.g., patches, gum, lozenges). If you are interested in quitting smoking, register for a one-time stop smoking workshop. Call 519-631-9900 for more information or to register.

Oxford County
Free nicotine replacement therapy is available across Oxford County. Contact a public health nurse at 519-421-9901 ext. 3496 to get started. You can also visit one of our smoking cessation clinics:

  • Woodstock - Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Ingersoll - Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Tillsonburg - Mondays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Ontario Works Clients

Ontario Works recipients in Elgin St. Thomas can get free nicotine replacement therapy and counselling to quit smoking. Ask your Ontario Works Case Worker for a referral to a participating pharmacy or contact one of the pharmacies below to make an appointment:

  • Yurek Pharmacy - 519-631-3330
  • Elmdale Medical Pharmacy -519-633-6337
  • Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy - 410 Talbot Street, 519-631-2300
  • Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy - 204 First Avenue, 519-633-3070


Tools to Help You Quit

Thinking of quitting smoking? There are a number of tools available that can help you prepare for a quit attempt. Studies show that it may take up to 30 quit attempts before someone quits for good. Therefore, being prepared and thinking though your smoking triggers and behaviour is critical to success. Don’t give up! Quitting smoking is a learning process that will take time.

  • Pregnets - provides information for pregnant women who are wanting to quit smoking
  • Quit4Life - A handbook created by the Government of Canada to help smokers quit permanently
  • Smokers’ Helpline - a free, confidential service operated by the Canadian Cancer Society offering support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use. Services are offered by phone, email, online and through text messaging. Smokers’ Helpline operates seven days a week. By phone, hours of operation are:
    • Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
    • Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST
    • Saturday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST

       For more information call 1-877-513-5333 or visit www.smokershelpline.ca

  • First Week Challenge Contest Smokers’ Helpline is challenging smokers to quit smoking for the first week of next month and enter for a chance to win $500! Research shows that smokers who quit smoking for one week are 9 times more likely to quit for good!
  • Leave the Pack Behind - offers young adults smoking and quitting information, personalized support, and quitting resources - all for free. Through this program, they offer opportunities and challenges where smokers can make quit or cut back attempts and non/ex smokers can pledge to remain smoke free.
  • QuitRunChill - a free web program for smokers and ex-smokers.
  • QuitNow Men - a quit smoking program developed by the University of British Columbia specifically for men. On the site, you can view videos of other men who have quit and hear their personal story. If you are contemplating quitting and looking to hear how other men did it, this is the site for you! There are great tools to get you started. Check it out!
  • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Cessation - provides support and service options in Ontario to help you quit